Christie’s aims to raise $1m for Ukraine in string of benefit sales

Christie’s has launched a three-part series of benefit sales starting on 25 April expected to raise $1m for Ukraine heritage and humanitarian relief to be distributed via the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and its Ukraine Heritage Response Fund, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and CORE, actor Sean Penn’s aid organisation.

The initiative follows donations made by the auction house for Ukraine relief to the United Nations Refugee Agency and Red Cross and cancellation of its June Russian sales following Russia’s 24 February invasion of Ukraine. Sonya Bekkerman, Christie’s deputy chairman of business development tells The Art Newspaper that Ukraine “has been on so many of our minds across every industry”.

“Safeguarding the Irreplaceable: A Selling Exhibition to Benefit the Ukraine Heritage Response Fund at World Monuments Fund” will be held at Christie’s King Street from 25 April to 5 May and online through the end of May.

The tri-part sale includes 86 paintings and drawings from the Peremen Collection of Ukrainian Avant Garde Artists, including Theophil Fraerman and Amshei Nurenberg, which will be presented as a single group; ten key Ukrainian Modernists, including Alexandra Exter and Oleksandr Bohomazov; and a selection of contemporary Ukrainian photographs and video works by artists in the diaspora including Boris Mikhailov and Ira Lupu, who was born in Odesa, which came under attack over the weekend.

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